Jenny Knott, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Bank Plc, beat off the competition to win the Financial Services category for the 2011 Women in the City Woman of Achievement Award at the Celebration evening sponsored by Lusso in the Museum of London, Docklands.
Jenny was one of just seven eminent women who secured success and won their category. The highly competitive awards scheme saw a wide variety of talented female executives from across London go head-to-head to compete for a Women in the City Award.
Ms Knott said; âI am privileged to have been nominated for this award, which is testimony to the diverse and gifted working environment created by the City of London and by employers there, such as Standard Bank. I would also like to acknowledge all other nominees in this category. I see it as my personal responsibility to serve as a role model and to mentor and encourage colleagues to strive for âtheir âpersonal bestâ. Investment banking is a highly challenging environment, but working within such a motivated team at Standard Bank has enabled me to achieve my potential. My aspiration is to continue to promote an inclusive environment for women and all employees who are striving to achieve their ambitions in the City and in their personal lives.â
The Financial Services category is sponsored by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and endorsed by the British Bankersâ Association (BBA). The BBAâs chief executive, Angela Knight, was part of the Financial Services category judging panel that selected Jenny Knott as winner.
On presenting the award, Angela Knight, said; âThis yearâs Financial Services top five were an incredible bunch. All impressed the panel, but we saw one candidate we wanted to recognise as an outstanding role model. Someone who leads a successful business - and who leads by example. Who has made opportunities for others around her and who instils a supportive and constructive working environment for all. Someone who sets the behaviour standard and personally challenges when it isnât met. This candidate cites the positive female role models in her life as the cornerstone of her success - and so hopefully her mother and sisters will be as thrilled as I am to award her winner of the Women in the City Financial Services category.â
The overarching aim of the Women in the City Woman of Achievement Award is to highlight and formally recognise the outstanding contribution these women make to the City and in particular to identify those who are actively promoting and encouraging the progress of women above and beyond their everyday job. The Award identifies excellence and celebrates the achievements of senior and partner-level professionals working in Londonâs business hubs. Now in its fifth year the Award draws over 350 women to the Annual Women in the City Celebration Lunch in November when the 2011 Woman of Achievement Award Winner is announced.
The Awards judging panel is chaired by Prof Susan Vinnicombe, OBE, Director, Centre for Developing Women Business Leaders at Cranfield School of Management.